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Search Tools Survey - Custom Product Ratings

This page covers custom-written and home-made search engines. Of these 21 entries, only a few people were satisfied with their search engines. Complaints include problems with coverage, duplicates, relevance ranking and speed. Given these problems, and the number of solid search engines available, whether as commercial products, remote services or open-source code, I recommend against custom search engines.

Custom Search Tools, sorted by rating

rating how long date reported What works well about this search tool? Any problems or issues with this search tool?
4
3 years
01/2000 - -
4
2 years
01/2000 Searches all items coming up for sale not really
4
2 months
02/2000 - -
4
Don't know
11/1999 Fast None
3
5 years
08/2000 Relevance ranking complex queries
3
6 months
10/2000 Gets the documents needed Does not support phonetics etc.
2
4 years
01/1999 - speed (possibly due to hardware)
2
3 years
01/1999 - -
2
2 years
06/1999 - -
2
1.5 years
01/2000 returns good set of results performance not quite as good as needed
2
6 months
05/2000 easy to read results results not ranked by relevance
2
6 months
06/1999 Does a simple, keyword-based search. Users need a full-text search
2
don't know
09/1999 Gets the results Somebody installed the code, and nobody here know how to modify it. Want a simpler search mechanism.
1
3 years
04/2000 - It only performs top-level text searches
1
2 years
11/1999 - too limited, can not do multi-word search
1
2 years
05/1999 - not specific in returning results; no ability to do advanced searching or modify searches or refine search within a returned set of search results
1
6 months
06/2000 it index all site not accurate searches
1
6 months
03/2000 - -
1
2 months
01/2000 nothing too slow, does not find everything it should, returns poor results
1
2 weeks
06/2000 - doesn't give an adequate order related to relevance to the hits
1
not yet
10/1999 it was ready on schedule. result format is minimal and erratic too many duplicates finds pages it shouldn't

 

 
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